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Old 05-17-2012, 09:08 AM   #15
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If it were me and I was only going to use it a few weeks a year and only 2-3000 mi, I would stick to gas. You'll get a newer one and probably nicer. You might pull hills 5mph faster or you may not. You certainly don't need to worry about overheating. You also have a much higher maintenace cost with diesel.


Couldnt agree with you more....
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:28 AM   #16
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I owned a 2000 Ford Excursion (SUV) with the V10 and was not overly impressed with it, especially for towing. Just bought a 2007 Fleetwood Flair 33r with the F53 frame and V10 engine. I was worried that with a much larger vehicle compared to the SUV, it would be a dog. I have been pleasantly surprised. Pulled a three horse trailer with 1 horse and equipment over Donner summit and back and it was great up hill and down. The tow/haul tranny made the upshifting and down shifting very easy. From what I've read, the newer engines have a lot more horse power than the one in my 2000 SUV and the tranny matches up well. The temp gauges never moved past the middle range and I was pushing it.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:30 AM   #17
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I do have a 2007 29RK wildcat 5th wheel I want to trade off or sell...anybody know where the best place to go would be ?
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:43 AM   #18
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I do have a 2007 29RK wildcat 5th wheel I want to trade off or sell...anybody know where the best place to go would be ?

I live in Alberta I should add
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We had a 2010 Four Winds 32' with Ford V10 5 Speed. Really disliked that power train. I guess I'm just old school but I don't like an engine screaming at 5500 rpm to get up a hill. I know a DP is more $$ but hey it's just money and they're printing more every day. We were only in the V10 9 months and migrated up to a DP. Should have just done that right away and saved the depreciation.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:47 AM   #20
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We just sold our enclosed trailer which we put a Smart car and our Goldwing TriCar conversion in. It weighed in at about 7900#s. I used a Trailer Toad (which is listed on there web site for sale). This took all the weight of the MH only had the pull push. Our current unit is a 2012 our other unit was 2006 both on the Ford chassis. It handled the weight with no problems, I could even pass semis in the mountains if I wanted to but saw no need to. Lots of power in the V10, we averaged between 7.6 and 8.1 with that load behind us.

Edit: Forgot to mention both our units were/are 34 foot.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:59 AM   #21
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We had a 2010 Four Winds 32' with Ford V10 5 Speed. Really disliked that power train. I guess I'm just old school but I don't like an engine screaming at 5500 rpm to get up a hill. I know a DP is more $$ but hey it's just money and they're printing more every day. We were only in the V10 9 months and migrated up to a DP. Should have just done that right away and saved the depreciation.
Don't know how you got 5500 rpm. The rev limiter on that engine is set at 4800 rpm.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:02 AM   #22
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I believe the old V10 was only 210 horsepower, not sure of the torque. I have a 2000 32ft. Moho with that engine and have driven it through out the north east of northern NY, VT, ME, and NH pulling a Rav4 on a dolly with out any problems. Surprised myself going up Killington Mountain in Vermont how effortlessly it took the grade at 55mph. The new V10 which they re-worked the exhaust port and added an additional valve is now rated at 362 hp with 457 ft/lbs of torque. I think this engine helped kill the GM 8.1 because of the power and torque advantage and rigs with the Ford set up are a couple of thousand $$ less expensive. My opinion is you won't have any problem with the Ford.
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I live in Alberta I should add
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It take a little adjusting to the high RPMs. At first I thought something was wrong because it was revving so high pretty much on it's own. Since I can't afford a D Pusher, I am very happy with the Ford V10.
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And Cliftall's Rig...it SHORE is PERTY!!

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How are you guys getting 295 HP out of a 275 HP engine.
F53 chassis from 98 to 2000 had 275 hp, 2001 to 2007 310 & over that 362 HP.
Now the 6.8 V10 like in pickups, vans & suvs, had a lower hp rating, 210 for the pickups so I guess it would seem underpowered.

I can tell you like this, I have a 98 F53 chassis, 99 M/H with 275 hp 6.8 V10, 4R100 4 speed, & every time it pulls out of the driveway it is grossing at least 25,600 with 24' enclosed behind & I am NOT crying about HP or climbing a hill.
I live in the east & any way I travel I got to cross a mountain to get to where I'm going.
Would I like more HP, of course I would, who wouldnt, but I know its a M/H & not a race car or one of them BIG hp/torque logging trucks like up in Canada.
Far as I know, nothings been done to or added to this engine, except a few weeks ago I added an extra trans oil cooler, trans temp gauge & return inline filter for the fluid.

Now I did check out the hitch & frame real good, before we bought it & several times afterwards to be sure it was up to the task of pulling that 24' 5500 lb enclosed & not seen a problem yet.
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We have the V-10 in our 2012 Bouder and no power issues. We normally drag around a CRV loaded with bicycles and kayaks.
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